Book Review: The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer

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In this book, you’ll soar in the sky on an adventure on a flying carpet as you learn the history of the Middle Ages.

The Story of the World Volume 2: The Middle Ages by Susan Wise Bauer was the second book in a series of History books that we use for homeschooling.  She includes religious aspects, including Christian religion, which I enjoy to add to my teaching.

Learn about the fall of Rome, the rise of the Muslim empire, the plague and King Henry VIII in the pages of this book.  Mrs. Bauer does a wonderful job of creating a story to keep young ones interested in History.  The book also is interesting and filled with facts that are new to many adults.  As we have read through these books, I have enjoyed our journey.

We look forward to starting book number 3, which we will be getting to in a few weeks.

I can’t wait to see how Mrs. Bauer will bring to life the Early Modern Times.  I’m expecting it to follow suit with the first two books.

For younger children, these books are easy to follow.  My children are a little bit older but we want to finish the series out.  They enjoy listening to History be brought alive through Mrs. Bauer’s words.

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Very Late Update on Our Farm

cand197qWe are slowly creeping into Spring here in the Pacific Northwest.  Our baby chicks have grown into young adult hens and roosters.  The tulips in the front are exploding through the dirt to reach for the sun.  And we’ve actually seen the sun and not just buckets and buckets of falling rain.

Homeschooling is going along pretty smoothly lately.  We still have our little bumps here and there.  But I can see the progress that have been made and it is very encouraging.

We just finished the History book that we have been reading for a while.  This would be the second book in the series written by Susan Wise Bauer.  The enjoyment that we get out of reading these history books beats any text book, any day!

I have a few videos, well, about 24, lined up on YouTube for the kids to watch before we start reading again.  This is basically to go back through the times that we’ve learned so far.  The kids like the change of pace.  I’m not sure what they will think of these videos though.

The guy seems a little cheesy to me, but hey, kids like cheese, right?!

Anyway, after we are finished with the videos, we’ll start reading The Story of the World book three.  I really can’t see starting a different History program now.  We will finish this out with book four when we’re done with three.

Watch soon for a review on book three.

I have tried to schedule our days a little more.  Mostly because I have so many things to do, that if I don’t follow a schedule and work on certain things at certain times, I’ll just run around like a tazmanian devil and accomplish many areas of nothing.

And of course, it doesn’t work at all on days like today, when I just do not have the motivation to do anything.  The kids wanted to take off President’s Day, like public school students, but I had said no.  This morning, my body was screaming YES!

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Life on the farm goes on though.  The animals don’t stop laying eggs or ahem…depositing waste, just because I am not motivated.  And today was one of those days that work on the farm needed to be done.  I’m very thankful that the sun was able to hang in the blue sky, with very little clouds dancing in front of it.  It made working outside just a little exciting.  But just a little because I was still freezing cold.

I was also able to visit with the girls and roos while I was out today.  Even snapped a photo of one of the babies that we had last Summer.  She turned such a black that she is has glossy green feathers.  Very beautiful.  I named her Raven.  She is almost completely black, except for a little bit of white on her legs, and maybe beak.  And that’s only been the past couple of months, before she was all black.

So while we all anxiously await Spring here, we’re taking the time to enjoy the beauty and crispness of Fall.  Hope you are also enjoying your Winter!

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Homeschool 2014

As I sit here and scroll through my Facebook feed, I see a lot of moms worrying and feeling anxiety over their children going to school today.  I ask myself, why do they put themselves through that?  I know, to each their own.  But I still wonder.

My concerns for school this year are finding a math and english book that I can afford to buy for 6th grade.

That’s all I need for this school year.  What an awesome feeling really!  Only a couple of items for the whole year.

My son already has all of his books because he just uses what his sister has already used.  I don’t need to get school clothes because we don’t have a need for those.  And materials?  I believe I have plenty to see us through for a while.

I had decided to delay my school start up in English and Math for October because I was supposed to be working most of September.  Unfortunately things happened that created it near to impossible for me to work.  So, I can now replan my plan.

I had planned for History, Bible and reading already.  Although, we are already behind because I wanted to start 2 weeks ago.  But again, things happened that delayed it.  

Fortunately, it’s my homeschool, so I can do that.  

My planning for now will not require much history because I believe it’s not needed at this moment.  My daughter likes to play school, as most of us do or did as children.  But she has a very strict way to play it, and the same goes for how she plays house.  She likes it to be very realistic.  

She plans out her day and schedule according to how a real public school would be.  She then plans out each class and subject matter, along with giving herself little assignments.  This is the very reason why I have always kept all kinds of books on my homeschool library shelves!  She has learned a lot on her own by reading history books, social studies books and lots others.  

This is homeschooling people!!

Another thing that she likes to do is make a plan and schedule, along with assignments for her brother.  So when he plays with her, (when he can stand the strict schedule for a whole day!) he also learns.  

Daughter has gone online to see what the middle school here has for classes.  She then makes her classes as similar as she can to that school.  She wakes up at 7am, gets ready, pretends to “go to school” and plays that schedule for most of the day, if not all.  It is so weird to me that she can be so strict in her play and imagination, but not in her real life.  

But she does make my job easier this way.  *wink wink

Of course, this kind of play will not last a full year, so I will have to do some work.  

Just knowing that they are learning is all I need to feel accomplished at homeschooling.  I don’t care about grades, how they compare to other children or if they can remember dates and numbers.  They are learning.  And most importantly, doing it on their own.  

Self-guided learning.  What more could a homeschool parent ask for?

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Meet the Press

dog news reporter cartoonAs we are moving in the warmer months, I find myself wanting to be done with school.  We were going to work through most of the Summer, or all of it, to finish the books that we are on now.

Bubba is doing 4th grade Math now, and he’s in 3rd grade.  The Math curriculum we had was not complete, and we were working through it with just a teacher’s book and I was supplementing.

We were using Horizons Math for 3rd grade.  But he was starting learn things that his older sister hadn’t.  We had only begun.  So I was going through and picking and choosing what we learned throughout a week by what lesson we were on.  Not working for us.

So I decided to just get rid of that curriculum and start him on the 4th grade book.  He is happy about that, but his sister necessarily isn’t.  Too bad it’s not up to her.

He has started the 3rd grade English book now, but we don’t want to work with this all through Summer.  So I came up with a splendid idea.

Instead of working through the English book and having to do all of the lessons.  He is reading what he needs to know and most of the rest of learning English he will learn by doing our new project.

We are going to do a school newspaper!  It will be a great learning experience for both of the kids.

We started this week.  On Monday I introduced it to them and read them Make a Classroom Newspaper and they got to discuss it a little and gave them something to think about.

Tuesday they did a Newspaper Scavenger Hunt.  I think they enjoyed that one.

Today I had them write down what was on this worksheet in their notebooks.  They had to go back to the newspaper that I bought them and choose a current event article.  The rules were listed in this pdf.  I only use what I like and don’t use the rest, so we are not doing this assignment the same as is written.  They will work on this for the rest of the week, and present their articles on Monday orally.

Tomorrow we will read How to Conduct an Interview found on Scholastic.  This will help to give them a little guidance when they choose to do an article that will require interviewing someone.

Friday brings us to the end of our week.  They will be working on their presentations and choosing what they would like to write their first article for the paper about.

We are all really excited about this new adventure.  I have also opened it up to other homeschoolers.  It would be fun to have other kids helping to contribute.  Another idea I have is taking Bible verses and asking the kids to do a small explanation of them.

Stay tuned for our paper, as I will be posting each one on the blog here.

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Book Review: Samantha Sanderson at the Movies by Robin Caroll

ImageExciting and suspenseful, follow as Samantha Sanderson, dying to get a lead article to write for the school newspaper, and creates havoc for herself along the way.  Samantha Sanderson at the Movies, by Robin Caroll, is the first in a new series of Christian books for young girls.

This is a great story for middle school aged young ladies to read, with Christian morals.  God is brought up and often prayed to in this book.  I will encourage my daughter to read books that have Christian morals and Jesus.

It’s time we teach our girls that there is more to life than just their own wants and needs.  This book will teach your daughter that their are rules to follow and followed exactly.  When you try to find ways around what you know you shouldn’t do, that is dishonorable.

I am very excited to introduce a new series to my daughter.  Christian novels for kids are so hard to find.  I am going to be trying to get my hands on the next book in this series called, Samantha Sanderson on the Scene.

A nice feature that came with this book is discussion questions.  I was thinking of writing a few myself after I was done, so I could assign my daughter this for a homeschool read.  But now that I’ve seen the discussion questions at the end, I won’t need to do that.

Disclaimer: BookLook Bloggers gave me this book in exchange for my honest opinion in the form of a review.

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Homeschool 3/13/2014

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Today was a day spent driving all over and entering store after store after store.  Mostly my goal was to get my laptop fixed.  But it took several trips to get it sent off.

So today, once again, school was not on the schedule.

But that doesn’t mean no one hasn’t learned anything!  Bubba took it upon himself to build a pair of stilts to use.  Oh the creativity of that child!  And he wants to grow up and be a carpenter, with his own business.  I LOVE the dreams and direction that he has.

Stinky has had her nose stuck in a book for most of the day.  Love to see that!

Now the kids are playing outside, swinging on a rope and getting baseballs stuck on the roof.  Boy, won’t Dad be glad to hear that he has yet another baseball to rescue.  Science abounds outside, especially on a back yard farm.

After all, it’s a live documentary watching the chickens and ducks around here.  Life lessons are to be learned everywhere!

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